Relaxed, Family Inspired Wedding

After a few whisky’s on a Friday night, Rosanna’s parents agreed to having her and John’s wedding at the family home ‘Hopewell’. From start to finish their day was brimming with personal touches and a whole lot of love. You’re going to love this one…

How did you meet?

John and I first met in June 2009, when we started working at Camp Hilltop, a summer camp for children in Upstate New York.

John had actually spotted me a few months prior at a Camp America recruitment event, where I was up on stage presenting, and he said he had his sights set on me from that point onwards!

After bonding over High Ropes and climbing (we even have matching scars) and many late nights in the Staff lounge, we got to know each other pretty quickly and after camp ended, we spent time travelling around the US and Mexico. After a year of long distance (between Edinburgh and Aberdeen), I decided to move down to Edinburgh where we’ve lived together since.

And how about your engagement?

After 7 years together, we had talked about marriage and children so the proposal did and didn’t come as a surprise! We were on holiday in Florida and John got down on one knee, very randomly in front of the kitchen sink of our apartment (he had intended doing it elsewhere but was worried I’d see the ring in the safe!).

Our wedding day was inspired by…

We are both very family orientated and wanted a really relaxed, unique wedding. We had lots of personal touches and almost everything was made by family and friends.

We had a relaxed, festival style theme with hay bales provided by one of our best friends from his farm, Music by my brother in law, an outdoor BBQ, lots of garden games etc.

– Homemade Pimms in kilner jars were given to guests on arrival to drink during the ceremony
– My mother in law’s famous homemade Limoncello as favours along with wooden name place settings
– Homemade wooden arch (made by one of my best friend’s dad’s) and engraved with our wedding date and names
– Cake was made by one of my best friend’s mum’s
– Old photos of our grandparents and childhood photos on handmade wooden pallets
– My nieces and nephews sang a few songs they’d been practicing – ‘Uptown Funk’ being a highlight

Tell us about your venue…

We wanted a personal, unique wedding and after a few whisky’s on a Friday night, my parents agreed to having the wedding at our family home ‘Hopewell’ in Migvie, Aberdeenshire.

Hopewell has always been a special place for all of my family, we have so many amazing memories there that it made sense to have our wedding there too. Our house is a U Shaped converted steading, with courtyard in the middle and a large garden surrounding the house.

We had our humanist ceremony outdoors in front of our house, overlooking ‘Morven’ (a mountain), we had a bar set up in our large garage/barn, BBQ hut in our garden and a marquee for dancing late into the night!

How did you choose your photographer?

I couldn’t recommend Vivienne highly enough! We had the most amazing wedding and Vivienne played a huge part in making the day so perfect – right from the minute I got in touch! We wanted a unique and personal wedding and one thing we were sure of was that we wanted personal, natural photos rather than your typical, posed wedding pictures. After stumbling upon Vivienne’s website, seeing all of her gorgeous natural photos of babies and weddings, I knew she’d be perfect for us and she didn’t disappoint!

Vivienne was amazing right from the start, meeting with us in person to chat through with absolutely no pressure to commit (although we knew from the minute we spoke that she was the right photographer for us!), reassuring me in the run up to the wedding through various emails/phone calls which meant that on the day itself, everything ran seamlessly and felt so easy.

Even following the wedding, Vivienne was still in touch regularly, posting a lovely blog with a sneak peak of photos only a week after the wedding and now we have all of the photos, we couldn’t be happier. She has captured everything about the day perfectly and all of our guests have said how much they love them! The day was absolutely flawless and ran without any hitches at all which is mainly down to all of our fantastic suppliers, in particular Vivienne and her assistant.

We are in love with your dress! Tell us more…

I actually had two dresses! I chose my wedding dress over a year prior to the wedding but as the wedding approached, I felt it wasn’t right for the natural, relaxed style of the day.

A few months before the wedding, my sister in law showed me a photo of her friend’s wedding dress and I fell in love! By chance I googled the designer and style and found a lovely lady was selling her wedding dress which was exactly the same style and my size too! It was clearly meant to be so my decision was made and I sold my other dress. I love it, particularly the low back and gorgeous lace train!

And what about the groom?

John and his best men wore the same outfits however, a slightly different colour of kilt. They all wore Arrochar Grey tweed jackets and the best men wore Hebridean Storm tartan and John wore Hebridean Ice tartan. His ‘wee best man’, my nephew Shea who is 5, wore exactly the same as John which was really cute!

How did you pick your flowers?

We wanted soft, pastel colours for our flowers and chose a local florist (who actually used to be our neighbour – everyone knows everyone in Deeside!). They were great and came to our house on the morning of the wedding making sure everything was decorated beautifully with roses and gypsophila.

My mum grew flowers in the run up so we had lots of pots of home grown flowers dotted around too and up the aisle.

What did you do for music?

We were very lucky to have my talented brother in law, Johnny Brady provide all of the entertainment! He’s an amazing showman and he sang during our ceremony with his acoustic guitar as well as a whole set at night of all of our favourite songs with some personal ones thrown in too. Our first dance was Jason Mraz ‘I won’t give up’.

Tell us something surprising about your day…

My husband took his shirt off during our first dance!!! It’s his signature move on a night out so provided a lot of laughs!

Any advice?

No relationship is perfect and we challenge each other daily but when we do fall out, it’s over pretty quickly (mainly because with John’s memory, he’s forgotten two minutes later!) but also because we try to be open and honest about everything. Compromise and having fun is the key I think!

With regards to the wedding, prepare as much as you can in the lead up so then really sit back and relax on the day. Try to take everything in and savour every moment as it goes past so fast! Also, I really recommend getting a videographer as now we can re-watch the day and see all of the little bits we missed.

What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?

My beautiful niece sang ‘True Colours’ with her dad playing the acoustic guitar during our ceremony and there was not a dry eye!

I love Rosanna’s advice for married life “Compromise and having fun is the key” Alie x


Venue – Family Home
PhotographerVivienne Elizabeth Photography
FilmmakerBrian Scott Weddings
Florist – Secret Garden
Hair stylistLeona Scott
Wedding dress – Stella York, 6247 from Pre-Loved
ShoesBlue by Betsey Johnson – Rose Gold Stela Front-Tie Pumps
Accessories – I had a gorgeous handmade crystal hair vine from Etsy
Groom’s outfitThe Kilt Store, Edinburgh
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Kelsey Rose, 14978 from Vintage Rose Bridal Wear
StationeryWedding Paper Divas
Musical EntertainmentJohnny Brady
Caterer Salt & Sauce
Additional SuppliersMFGF Events who run the Banchory Beer Festival

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